Originally Posted by BADFASTBUSA
Ok I have researched motherboards until im blue in the face and have yet to find any hard facts on which is really the 100% uncontested best motherboard for these 920's... I want to start off with the best chances to hit a stable 4ghz at least on air or more with my first mobo and not have to wonder if I made the best choice or not, and which ram along with how much of it... I have 2 days until I make my purchase and still don't have a clue... Money isn't the issue, I just don't want to have to respend if I don't have to... I want the best possible combo to start with.
PLEASE HELP!!! Pm me if you have to, just please help me make up my mind...
Hitting 4GHz is going to depend more on your cooling, I think. I can get stable at 4GHz but only with 1.45+Vcore and I'm not quite ready to do that, even though the EVGA guys seem to think it's perfectly safe to run the Core i7 at 1.5V 24x7. And it runs HOT, even at 3.8 with 1.35V and a TRUE. I'm going to have to go with water cooling just to get 4GHz and I can't afford it right now. (Keep in mind my system is loaded 24x7. Yours might not be.)
I'm still happy, though, since 3.8 on this thing vastly outperforms 4GHz on my old Q9550. Hell, STOCK on this thing matched the 4GHz Q9550. Coming from a 9850BE you are going to be utterly blown away, even if you never OC it.
From everything I've read, nearly every LGA 1366 board will get you to 4GHz or beyond, so the things to look for are good RAM compatibility (still most boards do OK here) and whatever features you want (SLI, CFX, RAID, whatever).Edited by error10 - 1/19/09 at 9:22pm